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LIVE CLASSES in at the Paper Garden, Sacramento CA

WOO HOO!!! I’m teaching once again at my friend Stephanie’s Paper Garden Boutique down in Sacramento, CA!  It’s a beautiful store, and Stephanie and her staff are the nicest people–they make some of the most gorgeous hand-made invitations and party favors you’ll ever see and it is always such a treat for me to visit, and teach classes!

Please call the store directly to register as space is limited to 20 adults per session!

Note: The classes are being held at the neighboring Piatti Restaurant–if you like, bring some lunch money and they’ll serve you lunch in between the classes!  So nice!!!

Paper Garden Boutique
565 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA 95825

Single Layer

Single Layer Magic – $40

We’ll use some fun, easy techniques to make single layer cards that still feature lots of visual impact–my favorite kind! Please bring a basic tool kit of detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesives.

September 18-20 10am – 12pm


Holiday Extravaganza – $40

We’ll make an assortment of holiday cards with beautiful, charming details, but can still be easily mass produced! Please bring a basic tool kit of detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesives.

September 18-20 2pm – 4pm


We always have tons of fun, lots of laughter, and make lots of pretty! :)  Hope to see you there!


Experimenting with Hyperlapse…

A savvy bfly 1WEB

Hyperlapsed videos have always intrigued me–I just think it’s cool to see how something transforms or changes from one status to another…

A savvy bfly 2 WEB

I’ve been wanting to do a hyperlapsed card-making video ever since the app came out from Instagram but never got around to it until now… I bought a special adapter for mounting my iPhone to the clamp mount that my video camcorder is usually mounted to… I gotta warn ya’, tho–it is literally start-to-finish… mistakes, mishaps, changing course–it was fun to do, and kind of enlightening (for me) to see the things I do from force of habit when I’m creating, that may not be the most efficient way of doing things, LOL! Oh, well.  As long as you get from point A to point B, it makes no never mind, right?! *hair flip*

I can’t seem to stop watercoloring *everything* lately, by whatever means within my reach (and I keep all my watercolor mediums within arm’s reach *chuckle*) … I just find it so soothing… And, I adore winged things, like this butterfly die by Savvy Stamps–one of my all-time favorites, and on the recent Ellen Hutson LLC Overstock Sale List.

Things to note, or that you may or may not be familiar with:

  • Unused dryer sheets, 4 layers deep (in this instance, I just took two and folded them in half and stacked them together):  These work AWESOME for die cutting more intricate shapes! I just lay my card stock on top of the dryer sheets, then the die, then run everything through my Big Shot with the same sandwich as always.  You can eject the die easily  from the paper without the need for a pokey tool and all the pieces, including the negatives, will stick to the dryer sheet until you need them. Then, you just peel off what you want to use. This is particularly useful when “paper-piecing” die shapes back together on your project.
  • Sometimes I get a little crazy with the liquid glue; I usually rummage around in my scrap bin for a scrap strip of card stock and trim off the end at an angle. Then I use it like a squeegee to remove any excess that “squidges” out, as the wonderful Miss Debby Hughes likes to say.
  • I like using Distress Paint in Black Soot to add spatters to some of my watercolor pieces; makes me feel artsy…
  • You can add free-hand foiled accents to your project by using a Zig Two Way Glue Pen–just draw what you want and let the glue dry (it goes on blue, but will be clear when dry, and tacky), then grab your bits and pieces of leftover foil from previous projects and lay the foil (pretty side up) over the tacky glue spots, and burnish the foil onto it with your finger tips.  I just love those irregular orbs of foil!



If you have any other questions, just leave ‘em below in the comments.  And, thanks for stopping by!




40% off?! Step aside; I got me some shoppin’ to do!

Overstock Sale Instagram


Yip Yip–big sale, with a big discount at Ellen Hutson LLC!

I noticed a lotta things are goin’ quick–thought I’d share some of my favorites in the Overstock category, and a brief why:


  • Hero Cross-Hatch Reindeer: Beautiful silhouette, with texture built right in; awesome not only for holiday cards but for “guy” cards, too!
  • Paper Smooches Cute Fruit: There is something to be said for a set of simple, versatile solid fruit shapes–these can go cute or actually  be sophisticated, depending on HOW they’re used!
  • Savvy Triangle Stamp: Geometric patterns are never boring, and make quick and easy backgrounds–love that this one can be configured in a variety of ways.
  • Savvy Butterfly Die: I love the bold, organic detail lines of this die–it’s so easy to work with!  I love it die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored or to use it as a mask.
  • Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe Stamp Set: It’s coffee themed and it’s cute!  Need I say more???
  • Savvy Floral Jar Stamp: It has a lovely, rustic hand-drawn look that is sweet, enchanting, and uncomplicated…
  • Savvy Poppy and Flower Silhouettes:  Again, I love them for their bolder, organic shape and design–perfect for more abstract styles…
  • Savvy Flying Bird:  I love birds, but this flying bird reminds me of a graceful dove and I’ve used it many times for Valentine, sympathy and holiday designs!
  • Impression Obsession Bunny Dies:  A trio of sweet bunnies in various stances–Easter, Spring, baby . . . they just say “warm fuzzies” to me… :)
  • Studio Calico Brighton Pier Masks Set:  Small masks like these, with great versatile patterns are a must in any stamper’s tool kit! Besides, look at what Carly did with it, and tell me you don’t want it to come live at your house?
  • Heidi Swapp September Skies 6×6 Paper pad:  A 6×6 paper pad that’s packed with sophisticated yet versatile options like coordinating florals, stripes, geometrics and bright bold colors? Love at first sight!!!
  • Dear Lizzy Serendipity Stencil:  Not sure how I ever over-sighted it, but it’s a STUNNING floral stencil and I love that there are no straight edges–floral all the way!
  • American Crafts DIY Gold Glitter Tape: Gold. Glitter. No mess. What else is there to say??? Want to put it on all the things…!!!
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Birds:  Birds. I put birds on things.  And I have a thing for wood veneer embellishments.  Two of a few of my all-time favorites. :)
  • Memory Box Pine Trio Background Die: Simple shapes, clean lines… Die cut it from patterned paper or felt;fabric, makes a great shaker card window, and so on, and so on…
  • Crafty Cutts Small Inset Die:  I used to make these by hand and it was tedious; this die takes ALL the work out of it. ‘Nuff said.
  • Memory Box Night Sky Border:  I’m a sucker for celestial stuff and the idea of dangling stars and moons creating a sweetly dreamy effect…
  • Penny Black Leaves Dies: I’m simply drawn to bolder, organic shapes.
  • Ranger Distress Stains:  A new way for me to add color to my projects, with a great variety of application methods… I adore all things watercolor related so this water-reactive stain is a new favorite I can’t seem to stop using/playing with…
  • Cosmo Cricket Self Adhesive Glitter Sheets: Stunning hues, fantastic sparkle, self-adhesive, no mess. A winning supply!!! *fist pump*
  • Ranger Twilight Stickles: The newest Stickles colors released by Ranger have an iridescent quality to them… They remind me of magic and I can’t get enough!
  • Lawn Fawn Hemp Cord:  A little thicker/chunkier than your average baker’s twine, I love the heft and texture of these twines.
  • Studio Calico South of Market Vellum:  Vellum with a tight white pattern that can be used for almost anything? Git in my house!!!
  • We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy Numbers Dies: Nice size for card making, classic font, additional pinked circle included. Lots of possible uses.
  • Jen Hadfield Gold glitter Dot/Stripe Paper:  Gold, glitter, dots and stripes.  Again, need I say more???

There ya’ have it:  The Overstock Faves. :)

Hope you’re enjoying a lovely relaxing weekend! Weekends sure blow by fast, don’t they?! Lolly!!!



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